MTI Education Success Stories

Graduates of MTI’s transportatiion programs have achieved both academic and career success. They successfuly compete for national honors and awards, and their employers recognize their enhanced qualifications with promotions and increased job responsibilities. Here is a brief sampling of recent achievements of our students and alumni.

US DOT Outstanding Student of the Year

Brandi Childress (MSTM, 2008) was selected as the U.S. Department of Transportationís Outstanding Student of the Year. In 2001, she was hired as a Public Communication Specialist for the Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority (VTA) in San Jose, Calif. and was recently promoted to Community Outreach Supervisor. Brandi has managed the community outreach effort on some of the largest highway interchange projects in Santa Clara County, Calif., including the $125 million Route 85/U.S.101 North Interchange Project in Mountain View and the Interstate 880/Coleman Avenue Interchange Project in San Jose. She has also been a key team member on community outreach for the $4.7 billion BART to Silicon Valley Project. In 1996, she successfully helped to communicate a $1.6 billion dollar sales tax initiative to community leaders and voters in Santa Clara County.

Eno Foundation Award Winners

Two MSTM students won prestigious fellowships from the Eno Transportation Association Foundation in March 2008. In a national competition, Lawrence Orcutt (MSTM, 2008) was selected to participate as a fellow in the 16th Annual Eno Leadership Development Conference in Washington, D.C., May 19-22, 2008. Denise Patrick was selected to participate in the Eno Center for Transit Leadership Executive Development Program in Washington, D.C., July 20-25, 2008. The Leadership Development Conference provides participants a first-hand look at how transportation policy is developed and implemented. It features key government officials, transportation association leaders, Congress members, and their staffs. The Transit Leadership Executive Development Program features rigorous courses that focus on leadership skills and style, with participation from senior-level professionals from transit agencies, the Federal Transportation Administration, and business groups.

APTA Foundation Award Winners

The American Public Transportation Foundation (APTF) scholarship program has frequently honored students from MTI´s Graduate Transportation Management Program. APTF provides scholarships to deserving students who will fill future leadership positions in public transportation. The selection criteria included a demonstrated interest in the public transportation industry as a career, academic achievement, and the need for financial assistance.

In 2008, CTM student Kenneth Johnson won an APTF award of $1,000. MSTM student Denise Patrick received a $3000 APTF Hall of Fame renewal of her 2007 award. MSTM student Nina Rolich received a $4,500 Reba Malone Scholarship. Boris Deunert won a $4,500 Richard J. Bouchard Scholarship.

Eno Transportation Foundation awards

The Eno Leadership Development Conference provides a first-hand look at how transportation policy is developed and implemented, featuring key government officials, leaders of transportation associations, members of Congress and their staffs. The Transit Leadership Executive Development Program features rigorous courses that focus on leadership skills and style, with participation by senior-level professionals from transit agencies, the Federal Transportation Administration, and business groups. Award winners are selected from a national pool of nominations

2008

Lawrence Orcutt, Caltrans HQ Sacramento, Eno Leadership Development Conference
Denise Patrick, Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority (VTA), Transit Leadership Executive Development Program

2005

Andrea Glerum, Nolte Associates, Inc, Eno Leadership Development Conference

Alumni and Student Achievements

Larry Orcutt is Division Chief of the Department of Research and Innovation at Caltrans.

MSTM student Ray Salvano was promoted to Division Manager of Regional Projects in the Transportation Planning and Project Delivery group for the San Jose Department of Transportation. Ray will lead and manage the City´s involvement with all regional transportation projects, including over 20 current freeway and local transit improvements, the BART extension to San Jose, and the California High Speed Rail project. 

Joseph Rouse (MSTM, 2008) was recently promoted to statewide coordinator for the HOV-High Occupancy Vehicles Lanes program at Caltrans.

MSTM student George “Ted” Yurek was promoted to from Service Planner to Senior Planner San Mateo County Transit District (SamTrans). Ted will be working on the District's Strategic Plan designed to help shape SamTrans' future for the next 20 years, the short range transit plans for SamTrans and Caltrain, and maintaining the District's Performance Reporting System.

Wesley Zinke (MSTM, 2008) was promoted to Local Assistance Project Manager and will coordinate a SAFETEA-LU program for Caltrans in Stockton.

Brandi Childress 2008) was recently promoted to Community Outreach Supervisor for the Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority (VTA).